Compassionate Alzheimer's and Dementia Care
If you have been caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you know how difficult, often overwhelming, life can seem – for your loved one, and for you and your family. Several of our Milwaukee area communities offer a secure, more intimate memory care apartment setting with 24-hour staffing to offer the additional support for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Your Loved One is Safe and Cared For
Here, your loved one is part of a memory care community surrounded by peers, who share many common life experiences, all while retaining the dignity of living in their own private apartment. The goal of this specialized care is to maximize the feeling of security and increase the ability to function while minimizing the sense of loss.
Our specialized program offers services in addition to those provided in our assisted living program. As with all assisted living services, a registered nurse conducts an assessment, then works with individuals and their family or representative to develop an individualized service plan. You’ll find:
- Staff specially trained to address the unique needs of individuals at varying stages of memory loss
- Structured purposeful activities specifically designed to promote the highest level of engagement
- A monthly calendar filled with daily activities, morning, afternoon and night, every single day
- Scheduled outings in the community to area restaurants and attractions, and scenic tours
- Personal escorts to in-house activities, hair salon and in-house doctor appointments
- Entree and snack choices at each meal, with chopped, pureed, and hand-held options available
You’re There for Them. We’re Here for You.
Our senior living apartment communities also provide ongoing memory care support and education for the entire family. Contact the Laureate Group community near you to learn more about this specialized program:
Oak Hill Terrace
“As her personal care needs changed, Laurel Oaks’ staff made mom’s transition from assisted living to memory care an effortless one. The memory care staff is exceptional in their approach to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Thank you for your dedication to service and excellence.”
– Georgia M., family member
Our Approach to Memory Care
Despite a fading memory due to Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, special traits of an individual do remain intact. At a Laureate Group senior community, our approach is to build upon the strengths an individual has retained, such as habits, sensory appreciation, and social skills.
Through specialized programming, we learn about their past, then focus on who they are today to encourage what they can do while under our care.
These programs take into account personal preferences, life experiences, and individual strengths. Activities that rely on formally learned skills provide social interaction and support cognitive functions that are at the core of daily living.
We offer regularly scheduled outings in the community to area restaurants and attractions, and scenic tours. People with dementia are still part of the larger community and can enjoy participating in activities away from home. Unlike many surrounding senior communities, outings are an essential part of our programming every month.
Music has a way of touching us in ways unreachable by other means. This is no different for someone with Alzheimer’s. Music remains one of the most successful ways of interacting with individuals with the disease regardless of the level of cognitive loss. Playing music, singing or simply listening to old favorite melodies can tap into emotions that remain intact.
Besides the obvious physical benefits, exercise also plays an important role in relieving stress, improving appetite, and helping an individual sleep better at night. It is important to balance physical activity with scheduled rest periods as fatigue can compound cognitive impairments.
These have traditionally been a vital way to stimulate communication and promote confidence and self-worth in people with dementia. It is a way to validate one’s self and their history.
Thoughtful review of life events, relationships and contributions is a natural part of aging. Reminiscing is a successful activity, particularly in the earlier stages of the disease, because it relies on a person’s long-term memory that in Alzheimer’s remains intact.